chemical peel


Definition of chemical peel

: a cosmetic procedure for the removal of facial blemishes and wrinkles that involves the application of a caustic chemical and especially an acid (such as alpha hydroxy acid) to the skin

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Your skin, no matter how sensitive, should not be experiencing extreme irritation after a facial (barring chemical peels). Jessica Yarbrough, SELF, "Are Facials Supposed to Make Things Worse Before They Get Better?," 17 Jan. 2019 In addition to the Clear + Brilliant laser, Dr. Neil Sadick, a dermatologist in New York, reccomends a chemical peel with alpha-hydroxy acids and a skincare regimen with skin-brightening ingredients like kojic acid or a hydroquinone derivative. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Anti-Aging Guide for Lips," 6 Nov. 2018 Behind the Brand: Zein Obagi, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, specializing in pigmentation disorders and chemical peels. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Best Skin-Care Brands Created by Dermatologists, According to a Cosmetic Surgeon," 16 May 2018 The least aggressive tack for these conditions is usually a series of mild chemical peels. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "A Dermatologist's Guide to In-Office Hyperpigmentation Treatments," 9 Mar. 2018 The center also offers chemical peels, injectables, and liposuction. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Why More Men Are Getting Plastic Surgery Right Now," 6 June 2018 The top five minimally invasive procedures were Botox (up 2%), soft-tissue fillers (up 3%), chemical peel (up 1%), laser hair removal (down 2%), and microdermabrasion (down 4%). Amanda Macmillan,, "These Are the Most Popular Plastic Surgeries in the U.S.," 2 Mar. 2018 Some of the most common acids that are used in chemical peel treatments at FORME are salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and mandelic acid. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The clinical advantage of chemical peels," 16 May 2018 Sarah cleansed my skin (this part was relaxing) and then applied a gentle chemical peel to sterilize my skin. Jillian Ruffo,, "We Tried It: The $650 'Penis Facial' That Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett Swear By," 17 May 2018

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of chemical peel

: a cosmetic procedure for the removal of facial blemishes and wrinkles involving the application of a caustic chemical and especially an acid (as trichloroacetic acid) to the skin

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